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My first reaction to this compendium of chatty accounts of how several poor nations have approached their rural health problems was that it is a blow to medical pride. The level of planning and execution varies from country to country, but every nation shows remarkable similarities at the action level: local decision on health priorities, intensive community participation, public education, and emphasis on prevention. Curative medicine is not forgotten, but it is used to attract the attention and secure the support of the population for more important and effective measures. Furthermore, except for Cuba, every nation has delegated frontline care
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Health by the People.. Ann Intern Med. 1975;83:911. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-83-6-911_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1975;83(6):911.
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